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Thomas Simaku with a CD Release on Naxos
A CD comprising 6 works performed by the Kreutzer Quartet has just been released in the UK on Naxos records,and also in USA and Canada.
Thomas Simaku is an Albanian Composer among 21st Century Classics.For more information about individual tracks, please go to Naxos website.
A new CD release of Thomas Simaku

Monument to the Victims of Communism in Ottawa - Canada
Communist Sign the petition to support the building of a Monument to the Victims of Communism, in Ottawa, Canada

To: Parliament of Canada
While the horrors of Nazism are well known, who knows that the Soviet Union murdered 20 million people? Who knows that China's dictators have slaughtered an estimated 60 million? Who knows that the Communist holocaust has exacted a death toll surpassing that of all of the wars of the 20th century combined ? Just as we must grasp Communism's brutality, we must understand the true cause of this era's most significant event: the fall of the Soviet Union. While we believe that Vaclav Havel was right when he saw the fall of the Communist empire as an event on the same scale as the fall of the Roman Empire, it was not the end of Communism. Sign and Join this petition

Who recognised KOSOVA as an Independent State?
Countries that have recognized or Announced the recognition of Republic of Kosova
We are honored and humbled that it is our generation that lives to see that day and we are aware and ready to take up the path that begins from here. Our future is with Europe.Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, for standing by us in the worst times. In memory of those who gave and lost their lives, and loved ones. May peace and light prevail. Countries who recognized Kosova

Boycott of Greek products in Albania
Boycott of Greek products in Albania!

Albanian nationalists, who accuse Greece of turning the country into a non-conventional colony of Greece, are using the protest to halt the rising power of Greece in the country. In 2006 Greek Imports reached EUR 406mn, while Greek investments are estimated at over EUR 400mn. Greek companies and businesses own substantial shares in the telecommunication, petroleum and financial markets in the country. Strong protests were organized by the "Cham" population, ethnic Albanians that used to live in the territory of current Greece till the end of World War II. Afterwards, they forcedly expelled from their properties. Therefore we call on you to Boycott greek products in Albania

Donation for an Albanian Bridge in Shkoder City.
Has started a project to raise funds to build a bridge in the village of "Ure e Shtrenjte", near Shkoder. In need for donation to complete this project. More ..

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Pogradeci - ancient Illyrian City

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    On the top of the hill overlooking Pogradec there is an ancient Illyrian fortress believed to have been
    Pogradec City
    known as Enkeleana. In the Middle Ages this fortress was reconstructed and the place was renamed by the Bulgarians, who invaded Southeastern Albania at this time. ( Pogradec, Pod Grad - the place beneath the fortress ).

    During the Eighteenth century under Turkish occupation, the town became an administrative centre, but was largely destroyed ruing the World War I, again during the Italian-Greek War of 1940-1941 and twice during the National Liberation War (1941-1944); however a number of characteristic houses have been preserved as cultural monuments. Pogradec has a population of 15,000 inhabitants.
Posted by classiclady on Thursday, August 07 @ 08:57:38 PDT (3149 reads)
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Berati - City of a Thousand Windows

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    Berati, Albania -- Pulling down the statues of
    The city of Berat
    Albania's real-life Dr. Evil, Enver Hoxha, was easy. Deleting his name from the mountain above town wasn't.

    By Bill Fink, Special to The Chronicle

    The despotic crackpot who ruled this odd little country for four decades had his first name burned into the mountainside above Berati with acid, in letters 50 feet high. They're going to be there a long time.

    This is the kind of monumental weirdness for which Europe's most misunderstood nation is renowned.

    It's unquestionably a strange place, but it's also the most fascinating, least globalized - and, not incidentally, most affordable - corner of what is increasingly becoming an off-the-rack, one-size-fits-all Europe.

Posted by classiclady on Saturday, May 31 @ 08:48:56 PDT (9911 reads)
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Albanian Cities:

OSCE Presence supports opening of Aarhus Centre in Vlora

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    An Aarhus Centre, which will provide the public with information and legal expertise on Vlore - Uji i Ftohte environmental matters, opened in the southern city of Vlora today.

    The Centre is supported by the OSCE Presence in Albania and the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Water Administration.

    "Vlora is one of the regions experiencing sensitive environmental issues and we hope that this centre will help the public and local authorities to find solutions for the community," said Robert Mangham, an OSCE Presence adviser on environmental issues.

    The Vlora Aarhus Centre will be the third facility of its kind in Albania after the centres in Tirana and Shkodra.

    The OSCE Presence has organized training courses for public officials, civil society groups and local businesses on rights and obligations under the Aarhus Convention. An Albanian Aarhus Convention website was also recently launched.

Posted by classiclady on Thursday, January 03 @ 10:45:00 PST (1364 reads)
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Albanian Antic:

Agreement for the restoration of the historical centre

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    The Director-General signs a self-benefiting funds-in-trust agreement for the restoration of the historical centre of Gjirokastra in Albania

    On 15 December 2006, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, and Ambassador
    The city of Gjirokastra
    Tatjana Gjonaj, Permanent Delegate of Albania to UNESCO, signed an agreement establishing a self-benefiting Funds-in-Trust in favour of the restoration of the historical centre of Gjirokastra inscribed on the World Heritage List since 2005. Mrs Blegina Agalli, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism, Youth and Sport of Albania, attended the ceremony.

    The Fund being set up with the initial contribution of US1,2 million from the office of the Prime Minister of Albania aims at assisting the authorities in their efforts to safeguard the historic centre of Gjirokastra through the preparation and improvement of management plans, the restoration of historic monuments and capacity-building activities in the field of heritage preservation and management.

    The Director-General said he was pleased at the prospect of further increasing UNESCO’s cooperation with Albania through a project that would benefit this Southern Albanian city, which he had visited on the occasion of his first official visit to the country in 2001.

Posted by classiclady on Tuesday, December 26 @ 14:09:53 PST (902 reads)
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Albanian Cities:

Our lady's Legend

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    The first beginning of an ancient city. Mother Rozafa Everything begins as a legend, everything continues like in a legend. Rozafa was there, before Christ was born, she is there right now.

    For those who know the legend of Rozafa, the fortress of Shkodra, it's probably clear that on its walls there is the "live-body" of a mother. The woman 'Rozafa' begs for letting her breast out, to feed with milk her little son. With her body, Rozafa gave birth to a child, and with her sincerity and her self-sacrifice, she gave birth to a town. Upon her body were build a fortress, and the three brothers of the legend found afterwards the good will over immuring this woman. As always happen, something must be sacrificed to give life to something much bigger.

    And this way, Shkodra could live over this legendary sacrifice. The human history in its self, in its in-conscious turbulence, has proven the paradoxical unreason: Something sacred must be given - something sacred will be gained. Life is sacred. And the coming generations are able to use what was gained over the loss. Rozafa, this naive woman, could have died like any other woman - forgotten, but she died, without knowing it, to live as a legend.

Posted by classiclady on Thursday, October 12 @ 13:30:06 PDT (2926 reads)
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Albania's Capital Struggles With Booming Population

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    By Barry Wood

    Few places in Europe have experienced as explosive a growth in population as Tirana, the once small and now vibrant, sprawling capital of Albania.

    During the harshest of Albania's communist rule that persisted until 1991, people could not own Qendra_Tajvan cars. They were reserved for party officials. As recently as 1993 there were more bicycles and horse carts than cars on Tirana streets.

    That all changed with dramatic suddenness. Today, Tirana is often choked with motorized traffic. Horse carts are long gone and only the bravest dare navigate by bicycle.

    U.N. Development Program team leader Eno Ngjela says Tirana's growth was completely unplanned. When restrictions on people's movements ended, they came to Tirana.

    "No one thought [during communism] at the time there would be cars or anything, or a major need for electricity or air conditioning, or central heating from electricity," he said.

Posted by classiclady on Wednesday, September 27 @ 13:39:10 PDT (627 reads)
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Albanian Antic:

Albania's ancient history surfaces

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    Los Angeles Times

    Who knew? The tiny Balkan nation is a treasure-trove of ruins, the marks of Greek, Roman and Byzantine lives.

    By Rose Dosti, Special to The Times

    I was sipping an espresso at the Piazza bookstore, a trendy Tirana cafe where artists, writers and politicians hang out, listening to Neritan Ceka, Tirana Blloku Albania's leading archeological scholar. He was talking about a "spectacular" site under excavation in central Albania. "Byllis," Ceka said. "You must go to Byllis."

    The Illyrian, Greek, Roman and Byzantine site, he said, is one of the most impressive recent discoveries, with a 20-row Greco-Roman amphitheater dating from the 2nd century, and 6th century Byzantine churches with mosaics rivaling any found in Greece or Turkey. I had asked Ceka to help plan my visits to archeological sites, and his list blew me away. I'd had no clue of the scope and richness of the sites. Greek and Roman ruins in Apollonia. Modern Durres, built on top of Greek, Roman and Byzantine cities. Tombs belonging to (3rd and 4th century BC) Illyrian kings. Even in Tirana, a bustling modern metropolis, I saw a 4th century Roman house, uncovered recently at a construction site, its mosaic floors still intact. Who knew Albania was such a treasure-trove? The Albanians I knew told me about the Balkan nation's mild Mediterranean climate, majestic Alps, pristine forests, untouched rivers and lakes, its magnificent vistas and miles of sandy beaches along the Adriatic. But archeological sites? No mention.

    Albania, in the southeastern corner of Europe, was settled by the Illyrians, ancestors of present-day Albanians, in Paleolithic times. Situated where it is and surrounded by powerful, warring empires, Albania has seen a lot of violence throughout its history. Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Venetians and Ottomans swept through, leaving their mark and their ruins. For decades, the country's archeological treasures were virtually lost to the world. Communists took over in 1944, and dictator Enver Hoxha's iron grip kept the country isolated until the end of communism in the early 1990s.
Posted by classiclady on Monday, September 04 @ 02:45:00 PDT (2170 reads)
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Albanian rhapsody

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    By Raymond Travers

    HAD you suggested ten years ago that the Balkan state of Albania - on the verge of anarchy at the time - would be courting mass tourism within a decade, you may well have been sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

    It seems astonishing that a country with such a turbulent recent past should be knocking out luxury hotels and apartments at a furious rate so soon after the place looked as though it was going to implode. But tourists have been flocking there since the lifting of visa restrictions for EU citizens and the recent launch by British Airways of direct scheduled flights from the UK.

    The main beneficiary of all this activity is the pretty coastal resort of Saranda, which hugs the Ionian Sea 20 miles from the Greek island of Corfu. Blessed with nearly 300 days of sunshine a year, and set amid some spectacular scenery at the southern tip of the Albanian Riviera, Saranda is
    OUT OF THE BLUE: Stunning beaches are just one attraction in the Albanian coastal resort of Saranda
    the country's most tourist-friendly town. Sandwiched between the ocean on one side and dramatic peaks on the other, its postcard-picturesque location will surprise those whose vision of Albania is one of austere uniformity.

    The town's esplanade is crammed with lively bars and restaurants, and its proximity to some historical sites of international renown make it an ideal base for the first-time visitor to a nation rapidly reawakening after decades of communist slumber. The downside is that Saranda's increasing popularity means that its outskirts resemble a building site. Hotels in various stages of completion are springing up everywhere, and you feel this is what the Costa del Sol must have looked like 40 years ago. Myriad half-built tower blocks with signs proclaiming 'Shiten apartments' is not, you will be relieved to hear, a disparaging comment on the quality of Albanian construction. Rather, it translates as 'Flats for sale'.

Posted by classiclady on Sunday, August 20 @ 15:38:16 PDT (588 reads)
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2011 is bringing....

NO hopes for a albanian democratic society
big changes in politics, ousting of Sali Berisha
an albanian economic crisis
big investments
prosperity and new government
new laws for ex - landlords
punishment of communist elite
strong and powerful Albania
war against corruption
war against neo-communists
no hopes at all
I don't know


Votes 123

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Old Articles
Wednesday, June 28

In Albania, a Capital Full of Contradictions

Monday, May 01

Himara - the gorgeous seashore and hardworking people

Saturday, March 04

Saranda - the most beautiful tourist city

Tuesday, January 24

Butrinti - ancient city in UNESCO's List

Saturday, December 24

Leskaj: Rozafa castle, a tourist destination

Saturday, October 29

Elbasani - advanced education provision

Sunday, October 09

Durres City - Cradle of Albanian Civilization

Tuesday, September 27

Fieri and Ancient Apollonia

Sunday, September 11

Shkodra - a major Cultural Center

Tuesday, August 30

Beautiful Berat Beckons Tourists

Wednesday, August 24

Korca - the Modern City

Thursday, August 04

Tirana - Albania's Capital City

Thursday, July 28

Vlora: The Gorgeous City of Albania

Wednesday, August 25

Pictures of Albanian Reviera


Pictures of Alps - Albanian North


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